Hatem Gasmi Hatem Gasmi

Auris Group of Hotels has six hotels in its portfolio, with another five in the pipeline. To date, the group has launched four brand offerings: the five-star Auris Plaza Hotels & Resorts, four-star Auris Inn Hotels & Resorts, budget Auris Lodge Hotels & Suites, and Auris Apart’ Hotels & Residences.

It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research. The group did, however, lose one hotel last year, when Auris Plaza Hotel in Al Barsha was reflagged as Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel by Hospitality Management Holdings.

While the group hasn’t announced any new hotels recently, on its website, Auris Group of Hotels has already mapped out new development projects in Jordan, Sudan and Tunisia, in line with its vision to be present in 15 countries by 2020.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.

Pierre Sokhon

General manager – hospitality division, Al Khoory Hotels
Pipeline hotels include Al Khoory Courtyard Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory City Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory Sky Garden Deira, and three yet to be named Al Khoory hotels in Oman.

Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Hussein Ali Hatata has four decades of experience under his belt at Al Khozama Management Company,

Markland Blaiklock

Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint from 10 properties to more 60 hotels in 12 countries, opened or under development

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.

By THE NUMBERS

11 Number of years in role 

11 Number of years with company 

6 Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018

5 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

 

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.

Pierre Sokhon

General manager – hospitality division, Al Khoory Hotels
Pipeline hotels include Al Khoory Courtyard Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory City Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory Sky Garden Deira, and three yet to be named Al Khoory hotels in Oman.

Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Hussein Ali Hatata has four decades of experience under his belt at Al Khozama Management Company,

Markland Blaiklock

Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint from 10 properties to more 60 hotels in 12 countries, opened or under development

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.